Islanders’ Boychuk retiring in wake of eye injury
New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk has decided to retire as a result of an eye injury sustained last season.
The Islanders said Boychuk’s decision to end his 13-year NHL career after the player had numerous and extensive medical exams. Boychuk, 36, required stitches and plastic surgery after being cut across his right eyelid by the skate of Montreal Canadiens forward Artturi Lehkonen on March 3. It was the second injury to the same eye in Boychuk’s career.
Overall, he has 54 goals and 152 assists for 206 points in 725 career games.
♦ The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed defenseman Mikhail Sergachev to a three-year, $14.4 million contract. Sergachev, 22, skated in 70 games last season, scoring a career-high 10 goals and finishing with 34 points. He also led Lightning defensemen with five power-play goals and ranked third on the team in ice time.
The National Women’s Hockey League season will be limited to a two-week run and played in a bubble in Lake Placid, N.Y., as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. The league said that its sixth season will be Jan. 23 to Feb. 5. Each of the six teams will play each other once, followed by a playoff round with the top four advancing to the Isobel Cup semifinals, followed by a onegame final.